I go a little crazy every time I get close to finishing a project, especially a big project. I get a little obsessed, and I kind of lose touch with the passage of time.
It’s not ideal, but it happens. And, it happened to me last night. I was finishing up a sweater (a super secret sweater you’ll see later), and I had about six inches of sleeve left to knit. I sat down to work on it for a few hours, thinking I could power through before it got too late. I kept measuring it, counting my stitches and rows, convincing myself that I was almost done.
Until the clock hit 11, and my husband reminded me it was past my bedtime.
After a little whining on my part and cajoling on his, I went to sleep, my last cuff mere rows from completion.It’s probably good he made me go to bed- when I get to this point in a project, if I’m left to my own devices, I stay up as late as necessary to finish. (I remember once accidentally staying up until 5 in the morning on a week night, just so I could finish a dress I was sewing. That wasn’t a great idea.)
Anyway, my knitting was still waiting for me this morning. And after a cup of tea and a little breakfast, I’ve finished my sweater. Now, it’s off to be blocked!Do you ever lose track of time while working on a project?
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably trying to finish up some last-minute gift knitting. Maybe it’s 11:00 on Christmas Eve, and everyone else is tucked up warm and snug in their beds, and you’re frantically knitting and purling. Maybe the house is quiet and still, except for the furious click-click of your US2’s as you try to finish turning that last sock heel. Maybe all you want to do is drink some eggnog and watch the Muppet Christmas Carol.
I understand. Believe me. (The Muppet Christmas Carol is great.)
I have a solution:
Just stop knitting, and wrap up your WIP, needles and all, and put it under the Christmas tree with one of these specially-made gift tags:
Then go pour yourself a big glass of eggnog (with a generous helping of rum… it’s the holidays after all).